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What are air plants?

Air plants are plants that grow on other plants for support and get their water and food from the air.  Many ferns, mosses and orchids are air plants. Some plants spend their entire lives perches high in trees.  These  plants are called air plants.  Another name for them is epiphytes (pronounced EP ih fites), a …

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How do mushrooms grow?

Mushrooms often seem to appear as if by magic in a meadow after a rainy summer day. The most familiar kinds look like little umbrellas.  Others may resemble bells, funnels, or pieces of coral. Mushrooms belong to a group of plants called fungi.  There have neither flowers nor seeds.  New plants start from tiny cells …

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How is rope made?

If you inspect a piece of rope, you’ll see it is made by many tough, threadlike fibers twisted together. The best rope fibers came from the long leaf stems and stalk of a plant called the abaca plant, which grows in the Philippines.  This fiber is generally known as Manila hemps. Almost all rope is …

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Where does tea come from?

Tea is a drink made from the cured leaves of the tea plant which grows in such countries as India, china and Ceylon. Tea is a drink made from cured leaves of the tea plant.  Most of the world’s tea is grown on plantations, or “tea gardens,” in such faraway places as India, Ceylon and …

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Where does mold come from?

Mold is really a patch of tiny plants.  Tiny molds “seeds” called spores are carried away by currents of air.  When they land on a material they can use as food, the spores grow into new mold plants. If you leave a piece of damp bread in the kitchen, in a few days it will …

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What is a Spanish moss?

SPANISH MOSS IS AN AIR PLANT THAT CAN BE SEEN IN SOME SOUTHERN STATES HANGING IN LONG, GRAY STREAMERS FROM TREES. Spanish moss is a plant that can be seen hanging in long, gray streamers from the limbs of trees in the cypress swamps of the South.  It is not really a moss at all, …

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